Graduate students now have a better and easier way to
accurately track their clinical hours for the Association of
Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) online
internship application process. A new and improved version of
MyPsych Track (MPT) is now available for mobile devices in
addition to the Web.
The initial version, released last year by Liaison International,
“was a little more complicated than it needed to be,” says APPIC
Executive Director Jeff Baker, PhD. Graduate students and
internship directors who participated in focus groups said the
program required too many clicks to enter and access information
on clinical sites, supervisors, clients, verified hours and other
In response, Liaison International redesigned the user
interface. “When you go to log an activity with a client, all the
information is right there online so it’s easier back and forth
navigation between sites,” says Liaison International’s Robert
Montgomery. The new mobile platform allows students to enter
information from smartphones or tablets.
MPT gives graduate students and doctoral candidates a more
sophisticated way to track their clinical hours than using a paper
and pencil, Excel spreadsheets or basic Word files. The program
not only tracks hours, but also gives supervisors links to verify
the number of hours and then sends that information to clinical
“Now we can monitor that information all the way through,
so we think we’re improving quality and accuracy,” says Baker.
The system caught the attention of the Association of State and
Provincial Psychology Boards, which is working with APPIC to
link MPT data directly to its licensure application process.
MPT’s version 2.0 was released in July. APPIC and Liaison
International have partnered to make it free for APPIC’s 414
doctoral program associates in the United States and Canada.
More information is available at www.mypsychtrack.com.
— REBECCA VOELKER
New APAGS journal picks its editor
Free tool helps students track clinical hours
A search committee has chosen Mary Beth
Kenkel, PhD, as the editor-in-chief of the new
APA/APAGS journal Translational Issues in
Psychological Science. Kenkel, a professor and
dean at the Florida Institute of Technology and a
former editor of Professional Psychology: Research
and Practice, will head the journal along with a
rotating cast of guest editors that will include
graduate students and early career psychologists.
“We’re thrilled to have her,” says Megan
Smith, chair of the APAGS science committee.
In addition to Kenkel’s academic and editing
credentials, she is an APA fellow and a fellow
of Divs. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 27 (Society for
Community Research and Action) and 42 (Psychologists in
Kenkel says that the journal’s mission appealed to her: The
journal seeks to provide students and new psychologists with
a publishing training ground, as well as contribute to the field
by highlighting translational research that encompasses many
disciplines in psychology.
“I saw the description and just thought, ‘This is central to all
of my values and my goals for what we need to do
for psychology,’” Kenkel says.
Each issue of the journal will center on a theme,
she explains, such as psychology in the classroom,
sleep and dreams, or humor. The themes will be
broad enough to bring in research from across many
Kenkel will choose an experienced psychologist
as a guest editor for each issue, who in turn will
bring in associate editors who are students or early
career psychologists. All of the papers published
in the journal will be authored or co-authored by
students as well. Reviewers will include students and
experienced psychologists working together.
“The idea is to have a range of experience at every level,
so that students are learning to work as authors, editors and
reviewers, alongside individuals who have done this before,”
Kenkel says that she is aiming to announce the issue themes
by the end of the year, begin reviewing manuscripts in 2014 and
publish the first issue by January 2015.
— LEA WINERMAN